Description of Medical ServiceEndoPredict® comprises an in vitro test using RT-qPCR (reverse transcription quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction) technology in combination with online software to analyse gene expression data. The software also incorporates clinical information (node status and tumour size) to calculate an EPclin score (on a continuous scale) to estimate a breast cancer patient’s risk of distant recurrence up to 10 years after surgery if treated with endocrine therapy only. RT-qPCR is conducted in a local laboratory under Australian regulatory standards using the EndoPredict® Kit manufactured by Myriad Genetics GmbH and distributed by Myriad Genetics Pty Ltd.
Description of Medical ConditionBreast cancer is the abnormal growth of cells lining the breast lobules (milk-producing glands) or breast ducts (passages that drain milk from the lobules towards the nipple), or in the fatty and fibrous tissue of the breast. EndoPredict® is proposed for patients with primary ER+/HER2– early-stage breast cancer. ER and HER2 describe the receptor subtype of breast cancer. ER+ breast cancers have receptors that allow them to use the hormone estrogen to grow. The HER2 protein promotes growth, and in some types of breast cancer is overproduced (HER2+). The receptor subtype of breast cancer can provide useful information on the patient’s prognosis and how the cells may respond to treatment. Endocrine therapy is used to block the action of the hormones that promote cancer growth.
Reason for ApplicationNew MBS item
Medical Service TypeInvestigative technology
Previous Application Number/s1408
Application FormApplication Form (PDF 1250 KB)
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Consultation SurveyConsultation Survey (PDF 691 KB)
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MSAC consultation input must be received by no later than Friday, 10 June 2022 for it to be considered by MSAC at its July 2022 meeting.
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